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Declaration of Conformity Changes for Multimedia Equipment

February 27, 2017

By Deniz Demirci, Senior Wireless/EMC Engineer, NTS Silicon Valley

Manufacturers of Multimedia Equipment, including Information Technology Equipment (ITE), Audio, Video Equipment, Sound and Television Broadcast Receivers and Associated Equipment and Professional Use Audio, Video, Audio-Visual and Entertainment Lighting Control Apparatus or any combination of these equipment, intended for sale in the European Union (and other countries that base their EMC regulations on CE marking) should take note of the following changes that are slated to go into effect with regard to the Declarations of Conformity as per EMC Directive 2014/30/EU. All hardware products marketed in the European Union must comply with these newer editions of the standards and have updated Declarations of Conformity (DoC) by the dates listed below.

This is applicable for all new products as well as for products that are currently being marketed and intended to be sold after these dates. Products whose DoCs are not updated by the required date should not be sold in the European Union.

Multimedia Equipment Emission requirements:

  • After March 5, 2017 DoCs have to reference EN 55032:2012. EN 55032:2012 will replace EN 55013:2013+A1:2016, EN 55022:2010+AC:2011 and EN 55103-1:2009+A1:2012
  • If your Declaration of Conformity (DoC) references EN 55013 or EN 55020 or EN 55103-1, the DoC needs to be updated to EN 55032
  • DoCs have to reference EN 61000-3-3:2013. EN 61000-3-3:2013 has superseded the previous version (EN 61000-3-3:2008) on June 18, 2016. Any references to the EN 61000-3-3 standard in your Declarations of Conformity must be updated.
  • DoCs have to reference EN 61000-3-2:2014. EN 61000-3-2:2014 has superseded the previous version (EN 61000-3-2:2006 +A1:2009 +A2:2009) on June 30, 2016. Any references to the EN 61000-3-2 standard in your Declarations of Conformity must be updated.
  • Any future changes on these standards above will have 1 year transition period after they are harmonized and listed in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Multimedia Equipment Immunity requirements:

EN 55024:2010 is the current harmonized standard for EMC Directive 2014/30/EU for Information Technology Equipment.

EN 55020:2007+A12:2016 is not listed as an harmonized standard in EMC directive but it can be used as state-of-the-art standard for Sound and Television Broadcast Receivers and Associated Equipment until EN 55035 is published.

EN 55103-2:2009 is the current harmonized standard for EMC Directive 2014/30/EU for Audio, Video, Audio-Visual and Entertainment Lighting Control Apparatus for Professional Use.

CISPR 35:2016 (Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment – Immunity requirements) has been published and it is expected to be adapted by European Union. Although the exact dates are not known yet, when it is published and harmonized for EMC Directive, EN 55035 will cover Information Technology Equipment, Audio, Video Equipment Sound and Television broadcast receivers and associated Equipment and Professional Audio, Video and Entertainment Lightning control apparatus and any combination of this equipment.

When EN 55035 is harmonized and listed in the Official Journal of the European Union, there will be no transition period for Sound and Television Broadcast Receivers and Associated Equipment and EN 55035 will be immediately in use. Information Technology Equipment and Professional Audio, Video and Entertainment Lightning control apparatus will have 1 year transition period.

Korea has already adapted previous draft version of CISPR 35 as KN 35:2015 which supersedes KN 20 and KN 24.

For more information about how this change affects your products or for a price quote for services required to update your product, please contact us at sales@nts.com or call 800-270-2516.

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